Forest For Sale

Federal officials announced tentative plans last week to sell off more than 80,000 acres of national forest land in California – including 104 acres located in Los Padres National Forest – to help fund President Bush’s Secure Rural Schools Act, which looks to raise $800 million in the next five years for schools that were once funded by timber sales from federal land. The local acreage comes from two oil-producing parcels located south of New Cuyama. According to a National Parks spokesperson, the two lots were chosen because they are “outside the main body of the forest” and have been leased to an oil company – E&B Natural Resources – for decades. Before any lots are sold, they must pass a period of public comment and then be approved by Congress.

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